August 13, 2009 -- Able Newsflash No.181

Care News

Leonard Cheshire Disability - Most people have at some time in their life picked up a book that has grabbed them by the imagination, as they embark on a journey with the story�s characters, greedily turning the pages hoping it won�t end, but eager to find out what happens next. Rather than a virtual journey through his next book the international best-selling novelist Frederick Forsyth is giving someone the chance to be in it.

He has donated an online auction prize to the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability � an exciting opportunity for someone to name a character in his next book, Cobra. The auction will take place online until 1 September 2009 at 13.30 hours. For devotees of his work, this is an opportunity to have their name in Cobra, or it could be a unique and lasting gift for a family member or friend.

To bid online go to:

The number of personal insolvencies has risen to the highest level since records began half a century ago, new figures show. One factor of the new figures is that the number of people over the age of 60 being declared bankrupt is rising. According to the Department of Businesses, there were 5,189 people over 60 declared bankrupt in 2008. The figure for the year 2000 was 802.

A specialist housing association that provides care homes for the elderly yesterday became the first British charity to win the chance to take over a listed company.

Housing 21, set up 40 years ago to provide accommodation services for the Royal British Legion, said yesterday that it was preparing a 39p a share offer to buy Claimar Care, the heavily indebted care services provider.

Housing 21, a not-for-profit charity, owns and operates 16,000 properties, worth an estimated �500 million, and employs 3,800 staff. It is the second-largest provider of sheltered accommodation, mainly for the elderly and infirm. Buying Claimar, which is listed on AIM and provides care services to the severely disabled and elderly, would give Housing 21 about 3 per cent of the fragmented private healthcare market.
(Source: Timesonline)

In-House News

Five potential clients have been visited this week in Berkshire, Suffolk, Devon, Bedfordshire and Nottinghamshire.

Care staff training has taken place in Norwich for two care staff.A care staff appraisal has taken place. A "pop in" visit has taken place in Nottinghamshire.

New clients have commenced having their live-in care service in:

Interesting Information / Statistics

The four national Age Concerns in the UK have joined together with Help the Aged to form new national charities dedicated to improving the lives of older people. The new organisation will as before be an "umbrella" organisation as the local branches will still have their own autonomy and as happens now offices may differ in what they offer. If you want to know if your local Age Concern (name of new organisation not yet launched) offers any or all of the following services, give them a ring.

Be-A-Friend Service � For a person over 60 years of age and living alone. This service will provide a volunteer to visit usually weekly for a social couple of hours. The service can also offer a regular phone call, a birthday and Christmas card and a newsletter. The service is free.

Shopping Service - This is a service for people over the age of 60 who have difficulty in doing their own shopping. It works in that an eligible person rings their shopping into the Age Concern office, it has to be for a supermarket/shop that can receive orders online, then Age Concern will order it for you online and have it delivered to your home. Age Concern makes no charge for the service but the usual online delivery charge will apply.

Garden Partners � matches garden owners over the age of 60 with volunteers who wish to tend a garden regularly. There is a written agreement about sharing produce, using gardening equipment and gardening times as the scheme is based on a sharing principle. The volunteers labour in the garden is free.

The Handyperson Service � This scheme will ensure that a person over the age of 60 remains safe and secure in their home. Jobs which can be carried out under this service include fitting grab rails and banisters, changing light bulbs, changing tap washers, moving large furniture, replacing toilet seats, etc.

Question of the Week
"I am thinking about renting out a room in my house in return for a little rent and help in my home. Would it be possible for me to get a CRB check on the person I decide on?"

Answer : CRB�checks cannot be obtained by members of the public directly but you could ask an individual concerned to get one for themselves for you to see. The person could then go to an "Umbrella Body" to get one.

The umbrella organisations database is listed on the CRB website: and you can find the one most suitable. There is usually an administration fee payable for the service provided in addition to the cost of the CRB. Charges are published on the above database.

We hope you have enjoyed reading this and "see you next week".

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.